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Broomley Grange Residential

Date: 2 NOVEMBER 2015 posted by Mrs Burton

On Thursday, 2nd July a group of PHS pupils and staff travelled to Broomley Grange, Stocksfield, for an enjoyable, yet challenging residential visit focusing on outdoor activities involving individuals and groups working together, learning to cooperate and developing their independence. All pupils enthusiastically took part during the many opportunities to experience new and exciting challenges in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Together, we explored the natural environment in beautiful surroundings, while undertaking a wide range of activities including rock climbing, night line (a team building activity), zip wire, obstacle course, and high ropes. “Plank swing” was also very popular, as pupils demonstrated their fantastic team work and cooperation skills. There was an activity for everyone, and plenty of opportunities for every pupil to show their particular strengths and abilities.

Broomley Grange is a Residential Activity centre in the River Tyne Valley, which has provided activities and residential accommodation to groups for over 15 years. It is set in its own secure grounds with woodlands and streams, which are used in many activities. The emphasis is for everybody to have fun and go home with a sense of fulfilment and achievement.

Our instructors, Mary and Malcolm, were extremely helpful and supportive, and allowed us to tailor the day’s activities to our pupils so we could get the most out of our visit.

We were very proud of our brave pupils who completed the high rope course, especially Shannon, who gave it 100% effort, it was a massive achievement!  Jordan and Lucy demonstrated their natural climbing ability and raced around the course.

Another highlight of the visit was the giant water slide; it was popular with pupils and staff! We returned to the house very muddy and soaked.

Summer seemed to have definitely arrived, and we enjoyed the perfect weather for a day outdoors. Unfortunately, a storm and torrential rain at teatime prevented us from taking part in the bush craft and fire building activity we had planned for the evening, so after tea we relaxed with DVD’s, pool, monopoly and TV. Logan Foster also entertained us with his piano playing, assisted by Miss Watson. The busy day must’ve exhausted the pupils, as they were all asleep by 11.30pm.

The next morning we tackled the low ropes course and zip wire again. Before we boarded the minibus to return to school, pupils received certificates to recognise their achievements.

Emma - Tidiest room
Shannon - Best effort and perseverance
Kayleigh - Best girl
Lucy - Most enthusiastic
Jordan - Best team player
Connor - Best boy
Logan - Best onesie
Dane - Best sleeper

This was a wonderful event and we were very proud of all of our pupils’ behaviour, maturity and positive attitude throughout the 2 day trip. Pupils and staff all had fun together and it contributed to the wonderful family atmosphere that is part of every Broomley Grange visit. It was a brilliant opportunity to learn new skills and have fun. We saw pupils’ confidence and independence improve greatly during the visit. Pupils showed their energy and enthusiasm, everyone participated and challenged themselves. Many students develop greater confidence, having achieved something new and worked with their fellow students. It was great to see our pupils get so much out of the visit to Broomley Grange, and we are already looking forward to next year’s visit, and are planning to stay for an extra night, as this years’ stay was so successful.

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